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Every once in a while it's fun to take on an uncomplicated project. When we were gifted a piece of 30 year old redwood board, we realized it would make the perfect industrial shelf for Steph's bedroom.
Take a look at the video to see how it came together or read on for a tutorial. If you need further information, please click the link to our website post. There you will find links to the materials and tools used.
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This is the 30 year old piece of redwood that was gifted to us. It was the perfect width for the shelf and only needed a little trimming off the ends. The angle iron was a curbside find, but it can be purchased. It comes in various styles and lengths. We bought chain, anchor points, and screws and anchors.
The first step was to trim the board to size. If you are purchasing a board, you can have it cut to size in the store, but if you have a circular saw, you can do this step yourself. The carpenter's square is being held in place with a clamp and is being used to keep the cut line straight.
We marked where the angle iron needed to be cut and cut it with a portable band saw. There are many tools that can cut metal with.
If you don't have a way to cut metal, you can buy angle iron in a standard size to fit the board you are using. You may just have to adjust the length of your shelf to fit the standard size of the angle iron.
For a piece of wood that was as old as this one, it was in really good condition. We gave it a light sand. You could sand this by hand if you don't have a power sander.
We finished the sanded board with a coat of Danish oil to bring out the natural color and grain.
We cut the chain to basically the length we needed with battery powered bolt cutters. You can use manual bolt cutters or have the chain cut where you buy it. If you have it cut in the store you will also need to purchase 'S' hooks or quick links.
Two of the anchor points were screwed onto the front two corners of the shelf. The other two go on the wall.
To assemble the shelf, the angle iron is first attached to the wall with screws and anchors and then the board is screwed onto the top edge of the angle iron.
We cut a section out of the top links and bottom links so we could attach the chain to the anchor point. We attached the chain to the anchor point and then screwed the anchor point into the wall.
All done! The finished shelf looked like a drawbridge and needed a castle. We thought Steph's Lego castle was a perfect fit for the shelf!
On the other hand, we also love this Harry Potter inspired decor. We can't choose which we like the best. What do you think? Let us know your favorite in the comments!
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Okay, so I have to admit, I have A LOT of shoes. I'm not the type to put away my summer shoes during winter, because you never know when you need a pair of flip flops or open-toe heels during the colder months (call me crazy but I don't stick with the close-toe heel rule...if there is one). Because I don't put away my summer shoes, coupled with the fact that I have a ridiculously small closet, it can look like a hot mess with the quickness. My closet is in my son's room, so even if I line my shoes up nicely, he eventually gets in there and messes them up. Hence, my need for a solution!
Shoe lover? I certainly am, but living in Brooklyn with limited space can sometimes cause chaos in the closet. An easy way to organize your shoes is with some tension rods! Tension rods are honestly a staple in organization these days and this hack is no exception. By simply installing some tension rods in your closet you can rest your shoes in an orderly fashion easily. We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
I'm not sure what it is about my dining room but i have not been loving it lately. Something just isn't clicking. I walk in there everyday with hopes that something will just jump out at me. But nothing.This dining room is larger than my past dining room and it's not giving me those warm and fuzzy feelings. I wanted a change in here but I had no idea where to start. My eyes kept going to my plain white curtains I had already hung. I knew changing out my curtains would be the easiest and most budget friendly option. And I knew I could move those white curtains into my office.I cannot begin to tell you how many curtains I looked at though. I think I looked at every single curtain on this side of the internet and could not find anything I liked AND 96" long. I almost gave up.But curtains can come in any form. Tablecloths make great curtains, drop cloths are amazing as curtains, even sheets can make beautiful curtains. I was having a hard time finding tablecloths or sheets that I loved. I knew I wanted something with a little color and drama to them...and better yet I didn't want to break my piggy bank. I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby (link from Amazon in case you do not have a Hobby Lobby...which would be very sad). After my coupon it came to $6/yd so this is a very budget friendly project.
Have some plain candles lying around? Grab a mixer and some wax and try this for the holidays!
Some of you may have noticed the large wardrobe in the corner of the room when you looked at the light project I did..... It started off a hunk of brown wood as below.
Using Annie Sloane's chalk paint (the colour is Florence)I brought it in line with other pieces I've been doing for this room. I love how it has turned out. But you may be starting to know me. And I like surprises and lots of Magic......
Painting the inside of the wardrobe a harvest yellow made the wardrobe sing when you opened the door. I then added a dandelion decal and butterflies for more effect.
I have a confession to make.... I can't cook; but I have a friend who can whip up a delicious meal using stuff I don't even remember buying. She's always bailed me out when my cooking experiments go horribly wrong. The only way I know how to say thank you is to make her something that celebrates her culinary magic.
I hate stripping. It is messy, time consuming and to be effective, it usually involves harsh chemical products.If you also hate it, you will like this tutorial. I will show you how I re-stained the top of this buffet without stripping or sanding it down using gel stain.
Last year I saw a beautiful pom pom wreath on their website and I remember wanting to make my own version of it for Christmas but I just didn’t have enough time. However this year I had put it in my agenda and came up with what I think was a simply a lovely version of a classic wreath... https://avantimorocha.com/
Want a clever way to use old ornaments? Then you must try this simple project that takes them off the tree and makes them the star of your table! These ornament bouquets can be made in minutes and make a beautiful Christmas centerpiece. If you like this idea, don't miss these other simple Christmas projects that you can do in under an hour for under $20.
Materials:Scrap paper (I used newspaper, but you can use junk mail or whatever you have on hand.)A blenderA large, shallow container2 splatter guardsA dry dish towel (or two)A spongeWaterHair dryer (optional)Yep, that’s it! Now here’s the process:STEP ONETear your paper into small pieces.